Before I begin, I think I should post a disclaimer here. The phrase "Garden Room" evokes (in me, at least) an image of a lush, plant filled room with a pretty fountain quietly trickling into a stone pond, with maybe a couple of koi swimming around and a relaxing seating area where one can take in the peaceful beauty. The wall is full of windows and lots of natural light shines in to keep the plants healthy and happy.
Well, our garden room will be plant filled, and the water as it travels in and out of the various beds and tanks will certainly have a trickling sound, but there are not any koi (yet anyway) and most of the light comes from fluorescent tubes. There sure enough won't be room for any sitting area!! So, now that we have all that out of the way, allow me to commence sharing photos of our little converted patio-cum-aquaponics garden room!
The fish tank is not set up yet at all, but Ornery has filled and carried 5 gallon buckets to fill the sump tank -- about 170 gallons so far -- from our shower (because it is filtered water) to the garden room. The chiropractor noted his increased manual labor and prescribed some zinc to help keep the connective tissue intact! :)
We ordered a total of 30 bags of grow stones from Amazon. They came two bags to a box, and while the bags are lightweight (14 lbs. each) they were big and bulky. The grow media has to be completely rinsed, soaked and rinsed again before it can be added to the beds. Ornery is in the soaking stage of the first 18 bags of stones. It will need to be rinsed later today, then put into the beds, which will take about 10 bags each. This was one of the most expensive aspects of the project--other than the construction, of course.
We will be recycling the bags and boxes from the project beneath our outdoor raised garden beds, which will be built later today. Elizabeth is coming to help with the project in exchange for Ornery cutting her wood and hauling it home for her. :)
The project is coming together MUCH slower than Ornery had anticipated, but we are very pleased with how well things are working so far. I am so proud of him for doing all the research and work to make this dream a reality!